Egoless

“Egolessness does not mean that nothing exists, as some have thought, a kind of nihilism. Instead, it means you can let go of your habitual patterns and when you let go, you truly let go. You do not re-create or rebuild another shell immediately afterward. Once you let go, you do not start all over again. Egolessness is having the trust to not rebuild again at all, and experiencing the psychological freshness that comes with not rebuilding. The truth of egolessness can only be experienced fully through meditation practice.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“The seven branches of practice serve as antidotes: prostration is the antidote to pride; offering is the antidote to meanness, poverty, greed, and attachment; confession is the antidote to anger; rejoicing is the antidote to envy and jealousy; requesting the turning of the Wheel of Dharma is the antidote to ignorance; requesting the buddhas to remain is the antidote to wrong views; and dedication is the antidote to uncertainty.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Inner Softness

“Nothing can be manufactured from outside of you. If someone falls in love with you, it doesn’t help if you aren’t in love with that person. The softness has to come from you rather than someone else adding it in. You have to be in a state of softness to the situation; any outside factor can only act as a reminder.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“How to know we have attained enlightenment? When we are able to care for others as much as we now care of ourselves, and ignore ourselves to the same extent that we now ignore others.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Confusion

“Any confusion you experience has within it the essence of wisdom. So as soon as you detect confusion, it is the beginning of message. At least you are able to see your confusion, which is very hard. Ordinarily people do not see their confusion at all. So by recognizing your confusion, you are already at an advanced level. You shouldn’t feel bad about your confusion; you can feel good about it.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“Phenomena or experiences – they are like mist; they will fade away. A practitioner who spends time practicing in seclusion is certain to witness many kinds of phenomena and has many different experiences, but the phenomena or experiences are as unreliable as rainbows – if you run after them, you will be deceived. When true realization dawns in one’s mind, it is like the king of mountains, Mount Meru, which no wind can shake.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche